NEXT: Lyric Opera's college ticket program

Experience the magic of Lyric with $20 discount student tickets to select performances of operas, musicals, and special events. This free program is available to all full-time, degree-seeking college and graduate students.

Sign up using the form below and when NEXT student tickets become available, you will receive an email notification and your NEXT promo code. Enter this code every time you purchase tickets on eligible dates to enjoy your discount.

NEXT members also receive exclusive discount subscription package offers, college night event invitations, and opportunites to join our ambassador program.

Valid school email address and student ID are required. To ensure that our emails make it to your inbox, please add lyricmail@lyricopera.org to your safe list.

Upcoming NEXT dates

Macbeth

  • Thursday, September 23, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 3, 2:00 p.m.

The Elixir of Love

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.

Register for NEXT to be notified of upcoming student discount dates.

NEXT Now — discount student subscriptions

NEXT Now subscriptions for students include tickets to three or more shows throughout the Lyric Season at just $20 per ticket (regular price up to $229). NEXT single tickets for select performances are added on a rolling basis throughout the season, but you don't have to wait — plan ahead and reserve your seats in advance with a NEXT Now subscription

 

To access NEXT Now subscriptions, first register to become a NEXT member.

Register now

Please note: NEXT Now subscriptions are only available to full-time university students with a valid student ID. Excludes Main Floor Prime, Aisle, and Box Seats. Tickets will be seated based on availability, and specific seating requests cannot be accommodated. Dates may be subject to change based on availability.

NEXT Now — discount student subscriptions

NEXT Now subscriptions for students include tickets to three or more shows throughout the Lyric Season at just $20 per ticket (regular price up to $229). NEXT single tickets for select performances are added on a rolling basis throughout the season, but you don't have to wait — plan ahead and reserve your seats in advance with a NEXT Now subscription

 

To access NEXT Now subscriptions, first register to become a NEXT member.

Register now

Please note: NEXT Now subscriptions are only available to full-time university students with a valid student ID. Excludes Main Floor Prime, Aisle, and Box Seats. Tickets will be seated based on availability, and specific seating requests cannot be accommodated. Dates may be subject to change based on availability.

Lyric University Ambassadors

Be the voice of Lyric on your campus

Do you love promoting events, creating buzz, networking, and working for a cause you believe in? Are you an innovative and organized university student in Illinois?

If this sounds like you, apply to be part of the Lyric University Ambassadors team and be part of building the NEXT generation of opera lovers on your campus.

Responsibilities:
  • Elevate awareness of Lyric's NEXT program among your classmates

  • Organize and promote College Night events

  • Share your excitement for the upcoming season on your favorite social media platforms

  • Distribute flyers, posters, and swag on your campus

  • Help organize group trips to performances

Benefits:
  • Get free tickets to Lyric productions and events

  • Gain real-world event marketing experience

  • Network with and learn from Lyric staff members

  • Meet other young opera fans

  • Make an impact on your campus

 

Registration for Lyric University Ambassadors is currently closed.

Lyric Opera College Nights

Fancy an evening of free food and an up-close look at life behind the scenes at Lyric? Join us for one of our many college night receptions throughout the season, where you can mingle with other students while enjoying complimentary refreshments and a Q&A session with members of Lyric's behind-the-scenes staff before attending your performance.

College nights are typically hosted 4-5 times per season, and will be announced approximately one month before the event date. All College Night announcements and updates are sent via email and text message to students registered for NEXT.

Lyric Opera College Nights

Fancy an evening of free food and an up-close look at life behind the scenes at Lyric? Join us for one of our many college night receptions throughout the season, where you can mingle with other students while enjoying complimentary refreshments and a Q&A session with members of Lyric's behind-the-scenes staff before attending your performance.

College nights are typically hosted 4-5 times per season, and will be announced approximately one month before the event date. All College Night announcements and updates are sent via email and text message to students registered for NEXT.

NEXT is supported by

Lead Sponsor

The Grainger Foundation

Cosponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Anderson

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr.

The Brinson Foundation

Deloitte

Elaine S. Frank Fund

Jackie and James Holland

NEXT is a program for full-time, degree-seeking college students only. (Sorry, discount not valid for continuing ed, part-time, and high school students.) All NEXT ticket holders will be asked to show a valid college ID upon entering the theater.

Tickets are sold in advance; online purchases only. No rush tickets. Seat locations are assigned on a first-come, first-seated basis and cannot be changed after purchase.

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg